Professional Details

David Rivers
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

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7372 Rockwood Ct.
Las Vegas, NV 89129
702 375-6961


Description of Practice

Licensed in Nevada since 1983; Preeminent AV rated and arbitrating and mediating Construction and Contract disputes since 1977.

Professional Background

Partner at Leavitt Sully and Rivers since 1987.

Member of Lionel Sawyer and Collins 1983-1987, both in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Teacher and administrator with Clark County School District and Nevada Department of Education 1972-1980.

Staff Sargent United States Marine Corps, Service in the Republic of Vietnam 1967-1968.


Arbitration litigator since 1983, experienced in virtually all areas other than Family Law. Began Arbitrating and Mediating in 1987 and have focused on Construction law and Contract disputes. Panel member of American Arbitration Association, mediation/arbitration.


B.S. 1972; M.ed. 1975 University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV.
J.D. 1983 Arizona State University


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
Various    Best Arbitration Practices    Fundamentals of effective mediation
    Awards    Fundamentals of effective Arbitration
    Ethics and Disclosures    Chairing and managing Panels
    Commercial Panel arbitration    Advanced Case Mgt. issues
Total >100 hrs    Arbitratior Discretion     Best Practices in Arbitration


Whether arbitrating or mediating I find that the most important first step is tow allow the parties to air their grievances, as I find that most feel no one has ever heard their story other than their counsel. I attempt to narrow the issues very early asking that "throw away claims" be dismissed early. At each stage my goal is to make the case narrower and more manageable.


Fees range from $300.00 per hour for simple arbitration to $400.00 for mediation and more complex arbitration.

Areas of Practice

  • Business (20 mediated)
  • Civil (general) (15 mediated)
  • Commercial (12 mediated)
  • Construction (30 mediated)
  • Contracts (60 mediated)
  • Landlord - Tenant (3 mediated)
  • Real Estate (12 mediated)

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Arbitrator


The Honorable Kristina Pickering Justice, Nevada Supreme Court Michael Cheery Justice, Nevada Supreme Court Dennis R. Haney Private practice Bill C. Hammer Private Practice

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